Huma, Rondina – Red Bowl with Geometric Designs (1980’s)
Rondina Huma has certainly been one of the most influential Hopi potters working today. Since her two-time “Best of Show” award at Santa Fe Indian Market, her tight style and intricately painted pottery has changed the face of contemporary Hopi pottery. Each piece is coil built, fully stone polished and painted with native clays and bee-weed (black), and native fired. This is one of her early pieces from the 1980s. The bowl is made from red Hopi clay and then painted with bee-weed. The bowl is fully polished on the inside and outside. The imagery is her classic use of smaller square designs. On this piece, there are additional fine-line linear patterns which create some of the separations of the smaller squares. The rim of the bowl is fully painted with a water design. It is always interesting to see her early work and how it certainly evolved over time. The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.